Verizon leaving LG G3 owners hanging out to dry?

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When LG rolled out the Lollipop update for their then flagship smartphone, the LG G3, they staked a claim as being one of the first to get Lollipop out to their devices. We all know manufacturers will roll out an update to a small market to make claims like this. Nevertheless, it is usually a decent sign of a commitment to providing the latest version of Android for a given device even if users have to wait a bit longer for kinks to be worked out and carriers to give their blessing. At the time, as a relatively new owner of an LG G3, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen with my device. Fast forward half a year later and Verizon finally pushed out the Lollipop update. That was the beginning of the transition for my “dream” phone to a nightmare and now signs point to Verizon not doing anything to fix the problems they have wrought. Read more

Amazon announces developer preview for Fire OS 5 for Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets

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Amazon has announced the launch of a developer preview for their upcoming Fire OS 5 that’s set to hit their lineup of tablets later this year. Any developer with a Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet from 2014 can get in on the preview and test out how their apps will run on the updated version of Amazon’s forked OS.

The update, which is based on Android Lollipop, is set to bring a handful of new features to Amazon’s Fire Tablet, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick. Hopefully with this developer program, there shouldn’t be many compatibility issues once it becomes official. Read more

Playphone will be pre-installed on Cyanogen OS in select markets

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A new distribution partnership between Cyanogen and Playphone has been inked, placing the latter’s social game store on Cyanogen OS devices in select international markets. Playphone’s catalog of games, most of which are free-to-play titles, mirror what you would expect from Google’s Play Store. There are popular titles such as Cut the Rope 2 and Final Fantasy III as well as smaller ones like Acorn Buster. While the markets to see Playphone pre-installed on Cyanogen OS were not named, we expect emerging markets to be the target. Playphone has shifted its focus to emerging markets where mobile gaming may not be as popular.

There is not yet a specified date for when Cyanogen OS devices will ship with Playphone.

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AT&T LG G4 owners seeing a software update install without permission

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Those who purchased the LG G4 from AT&T are noticing that a software update arrives, reboots, and installs on their phones. All of this is without owners engaging the update themselves. While that is not usually the case for any software update, AT&T seems to have no qualms about it.

The changelog on AT&T’s site merely states that the AT&T Address Book has been enhanced.

Source: AT&T
Via: /r/LGG4

Mickey Demands Your Allegiance, Compels LG to Release Disney-Themed Phone

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In what is either the best news ever or the worst news ever, LG has revealed the latest in its line of “Disney Mobile” phones, available exclusively in Japan. The phone, dubbed the “DM-01G,” because Disney Consumer Products clearly had no input on nomenclature, is the eighth Disney-branded phone sold through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, Inc.

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Plex’s Media Server software now uses SSL certificates, offers secure connection

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Phones, tablets, televisions, computers, gaming consoles and streaming players; it seems that Plex is available almost any content playing device you can think of. With this being the age of criminal gangs of hackers, the NSA and seemingly every other country attempting to get their hands on your data, is it too paranoid to want Plex to be more secure?

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